Quotable: How Queer Theory Imagines Lesbian-Feminists

1 May

Suzanna Danuta Walters, “From Here to Queer: Radical Feminism, Postmodernism, and the Lesbian Menace (Or, Why Can’t a Woman Be More Like a Fag?)”:

The story [. . .] goes something like this: once upon a time there was this group of really boring ugly women who never had sex, walked a lot in the woods, read bad poetry about goddesses, wore flannel shirts, and hated men (even their gay brothers). They called themselves lesbians. Then, thankfully, along came these guys name Foucault, Derrida, and Lacan dressed in girls’ clothes riding some very large white horses. They all told these silly women that they were politically correct, rigid, frigid, sex-hating prudes who just did not GET IT – it was all a game anyway, all about words and images, all about mimicry and imitation, all a cacophony of signs leading back to nowhere. To have a politics around gender was silly, they were told, because gender was just a performance anyway, a costume one put on and, in drag performance, wore backward. And everyone knew boys were better at dress up.

[Web version of article is here. If you’d like the fancy-lookin’ pdf of the article, email me.]

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4 Responses to “Quotable: How Queer Theory Imagines Lesbian-Feminists”

  1. Mary Sunshine May 1, 2011 at 4:04 pm #

    Thanks! I saved the html of that page. It’s just that the section headings aren’t bolded, but it’s intuitively obvious to see what they are.

    • lishra May 1, 2011 at 7:25 pm #

      Ha… I just made my browser window a bit bigger and it looks normal now. Woops : ) I’ll remove the ‘wonky-looking version’ thing.

      It’s a wonderful article and touches on so many different things that queer theory gets wrong.

  2. radfemcrafts May 3, 2011 at 5:22 pm #

    Right on! I do love that article.

  3. liberationislife December 19, 2011 at 10:35 am #

    Thank you! Very useful.

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